The Bauhaus-Archiv shows the winner of architectural competition in December
The Bauhaus celebrates its centenary in 2019. On the occasion of these major festivities, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin will be reconstructed and expanded. After the reconstruction of the historic Bauhaus-Archiv, which was specifically designed by Walter Gropius, including an annexe to the existing building had been approved, architects were invited to send their aesthetics of a new, expanded museum. In October 2015 the winner will be elected and on display from 2 December, 2015 until 29 February, 2016 in the exhibition "DEPARTURE – The winning designs for the new Bauhaus-Archiv" together with further awardees of the architectural competition at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin. For further information, please visit the website of Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin.
Berlin extends Hélène Binet exhibition
On account of the public’s great interest the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin extends its current exhibition "Dialogues – Photographs by Hélène Binet" until 26th October, 2015. In the comprehensive display Binet presents poetic architectural photos – beginning with buildings by architects John Hejduk, Ludwig Leo and Le Corbusier and reaching to Peter Zumthor and Zaha Hadid. The images show an interplay between architecture and photography. They generate new landscapes within, created to develop independent existences.
Catalogue for the exhibition "Black Mountain: An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 –1957" published
The interdisciplinary and experimental educational ideas espoused by Black Mountain College (BMC), founded in North Carolina in 1933, made it one of the most innovative schools in the first half of the twentieth century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture, and music were all taught here on an equal footing, and teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first rector of the school was John Andrew Rice, and Josef Albers, John Cage, Walter Gropius, and Buckminster Fuller were among the many adepts to give courses here. In consequence, BMC witnessed the development of a range of avant-garde concepts. This richly illustrated book appears in conjunction with the Black Mountain exhibition. It is the first comprehensive publication on BMC in the German-speaking world and traces the key moments in the history of this legendary school.
Eugen Blume, Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein, Catherine Nichols
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
464 pp., German / English, 450 black-white images and 22 colour images, EUR 34.00, ISBN EN 978-3-95905-025-8
Correspondence between Harry Graf Kessler and Henry van de Velde published
The Belgian star designer Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) and the German patron and cultural politician Harry Graf Kessler (1868–1937) met in a time of crucial personal and social changes. Their correspondence comprises 40 years and consists of over 400 preserved documents. Herein their time in Weimar, where they worked together for the modern art movement between 1902 and 1914, takes up the most important time span. While van de Velde worked as head of the Weimar Kunstgewerbeschule, Kessler got involved as honorary director of the Museum für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. The so far unpublished correspondence between the two cosmopolites gives deep insight into their exchange of ideas as much as into their creative examination. All letters are commented elaborately. With this, for the very first time the complex art and cultural historical coherences can be reasonably recognised. The correspondence reflects a considerable piece of cultural history of the beginning of the 20th century. The editor of the book, Antje Neumann, works on the "catalogue raisonné Henry van de Velde" at Weimar Classics Foundation.